Keynote speakers

Petter Lundborg

Lund University, Department of Economics, Centre for Economic Demography

Professor at the Department of Economics and Professor at the Centre for Economic Demography

Petter Lundborg is a Professor at the Department of Economics, Lund University, and is affiliated with IZA Bonn. He joined Lund University in 2010 after working at VU Amsterdam between 2006 and 2010. His research interests encompass health and labor economics, covering a range of topics, including health and labor market outcomes, education, early-life conditions, and household finance. His research has been published in renowned journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, American Economic Journal: Applied, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.
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Using Quality Registers for Social Science Research: Examples from the Danish IVF register

Combining population-wide socioeconomic and demographic registers with rich clinical data from quality registers can yield powerful and sometimes surprising opportunities to address fundamental questions in the social sciences. In this talk, I give examples of such research opportunities that arose from linking the Danish IVF (in vitro fertilization) register to standard administrative registers. I discuss and show how these data were used to address topics such as the sources behind the gender earnings gap and the contribution of nature and nurture to the intergenerational transmission of human capital.

Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Karolinska Institutet, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Deputy Chair Karolinska Institutet Committee for research, Chair, Swedish Twin Registry Steering group

Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Consultant Pediatrician

The major theme of Catarina Almqvist Ramos's research has been assessing early risks and consequences for asthma and other diseases in childhood and adolescence, as well as co-morbidity between disease groups. Her research is focused towards combining register-based information with experimental and clinical data, using advanced family and twin design. She also conducts clinical trials to investigate treatment of anxiety-related asthma with cognitive behavior therapy and has large national and international collaborations.
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Challenges and opportunities for register-based research

The Swedish national health and sociodemographic registers allow scientific studies on novel research questions from early life to adulthood. using innovative study designs and methodology. Maternal information on background factors, pregnancy and perinatal measures can be linked to offspring’s later diagnosis and medication from health registers held by the National Board of Health and Welfare. Sociodemographic measures such as parental education and income from Statistics Sweden can be linked to health data based on the personal identify number, and parents, children and siblings can be identified. Additional information such as questionnaires and biomarkers from the Swedish Twin Registry and rich clinical data from the national quality health registers or individual cohorts further provide opportunities in register-based research. While the research is of great societal relevance, there are also important ethical, data acquisition and integrity issues to consider. These challenges and opportunities will be exemplified and discussed.